Our 4th & 5th grade program, Life in Our Watershed:
Investigating Vernal Pools, integrates a 13-lesson,
standards-based science curriculum with a field trip to the
vernal pools at Mather Field. The
curriculum prepares the students for their field trip by
teaching them all about vernal pools and the plants and animals
that live in them.
The Splash Secondary Program is not currently
operating. However, we are pleased to offer
the curriculum to anyone wishing to use it for educational
purposes. To view the curriculum materials, including the
Teacher’s Manual, Student Handbook, Student Workbook, and
fill out this brief form. Upon completion, you will be
taken to the download page.
Splash in the Class presentations are a fun way to teach
your students how to take care of their local environment. These
interactive presentations work for Grades 3 – 6 and last about 60
minutes. The experience helps students see water in a
new way – as a critical resource to be appreciated and protected.
This engaging program has already inspired over 60,000 Sacramento
area students to lend a hand in protecting local water quality
for the plants, animals, AND for us!
Splash provides private guided vernal pool tours and nature
programs for scout troops, daycares, Nature Bowl teams, and other
groups of children and/or adults. We offer flexible
scheduling and programming tailored to the needs of your
particular group. For more information or to schedule a
private program, please
contact Lu-Anne Spencer-Hartle.
For 2 billion years, bacteria were the only creatures on Earth.
Long before the dinosaurs, a special type of bacteria slowly
increased the level of oxygen in the Earth’s air to 20 percent.
Without this oxygen other plants and animals could not have
evolved, including us.